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Cheerleaders give back by working with local girls
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Campers take turns coming up with moves that the high school cheerleaders have to replicate during a game at cheer camp last week. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

Last week at Rock Creek Park there was giggling, dancing, clapping, cheering and bows-lots and lots of bows.

The Dawson County High School football cheerleaders held camp for girls age 5-12.

Over the course of three mornings, the campers learned four cheers and a dance routine and put on a performance for families on the final day.

"They have learned a dance routine and we changed it up by their age groups," said Coach Brooke Sanders. "Some it's slower and some the music is a little bit faster. Same dance, we just changed it up for them."

Sanders is in her third year of coaching the team and has 10 senior leaders that she relies on.

"My girls do everything in the camp. I am just overseeing it," she said.

The high school girls were charged with coming up with cheers on their own that they would demonstrate to Sanders and then teach to the younger girls.

The younger girls were broken into groups and rotated through stations that involved games like freeze dancing and working on jumps.

"They do a great job with them, very involved with them, very patient with all the kids, especially my 5 and 6-year-olds," Sanders said.

Sanders said that her team asks a lot from the community during the year and that she believes this is a way they can give something back.

It is also an opportunity for them to work with the younger girls who consider them role models.

Seniors Katie Borges and Emily Underwood agreed that whether they realized it or not, these girls are looking up to them.

Underwood said that the younger girls come down to the field during football games to wave and cheer along with them from the stands.

"I tell them they are role models. They may not realize it but they are," Sanders said.

While the cheerleaders enjoyed working with the younger girls at camp, they also say they can't wait for the season to get underway.

"I am counting down the days until football," Borges said.